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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 15 January 2001

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release Smart
Growth and the Clean Air Act, the first in a series of publications on
the influence of federal programs on smart growth.  The federal Clean
Air Act has been both criticized as a cause of sprawl and praised as a
useful tool to curb it.  The 56-page publication attempts to reconcile
the contrasting views of the law by examining its application in
several major metropolitan areas.  The results suggest that the act
does not necessarily divert growth from urban centers and indeed can
complement efforts to promote growth in areas with existing

     The publication is available in hard copy and will soon be
available on the smart growth section of the Institute's home page.

     ContactBarbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition - with leadership by
Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), Evan Bayh (D-IN), and Susan Collins (R-
ME) - is circulating a letter asking Senate leaders to include
additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP) in an emergency supplemental budget.  The letter seeks the
full authorization amount of $600 million in emergency LIHEAP funds.

     Many low-income American families this winter are grappling with
record-low temperatures and persistently-high fuel costs.  The need
for LIHEAP assistance has grown substantially.  In Ohio and Vermont,
for example, there have been this winter an additional 13,000 and
7,000 more applications, respectively, for LIHEAP assistance.

     ContactCameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is seeking a
legislative director.  The successful candidate will organize the
bipartisan Coalition to advance economic development and environmental
issues important to the region.  The legislative director will operate
out of a co-chair's congressional office but will coordinate closely
with all Coalition members. Congressional experience is required, as
are strong outreach skills, knowledge of a wide array of economic and
environmental issues, and a proven ability to work well with diverse
interest groups.  Annual salary will be up to $40,000, and
congressional benefits apply.

     Rather than call, please send a resume and writing sample to Dick
Munson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (218 D Street, SE,
Washington, D.C. 20003), (fax:  202/544-0043), or e-mail Dick Munson (dickmunson@nemw.org).